Overall Rating
Overall Rating (3 Reviews)
3
(3 Ratings)(3 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2.3
SCENERY
3
PRODUCTION
3.3
SWAG
4
This incredibly fast and remarkably beautiful road race takes runners from the majestic mountains and pristine forests of Big Bear to the foothills of Redlands, California. Featuring a smooth downhill slope and spectacular scenery in the San Bernardino National Forest, this race will be sure to help you set your … MORE
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    jake7189 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This run was just ok for me. First it shouldn’t be named Big Bear Revel, but rather Redlands Revel. The scenery was just ok. I have run Rockies Revel and … MORE

    This run was just ok for me. First it shouldn’t be named Big Bear Revel, but rather Redlands Revel. The scenery was just ok. I have run Rockies Revel and that is some beautiful scenery! This was meh compared to that. The run was good, the bus ride to the start was good, plenty of bathrooms, swag was alright. Just rename it or actually move it to Big Bear.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    1
    SWAG
    3

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    dana.0212 FIRST-TIMER '18

    This was a beautiful route (while in the mountains). The race started right on time (thank you!). Runners were advised to line up based on anticipated finish times. The first … MORE

    This was a beautiful route (while in the mountains). The race started right on time (thank you!). Runners were advised to line up based on anticipated finish times. The first nine miles had a few uphills, but nothing too difficult. During this time we were in the shadows of the mountains. Around mile 11 we could see the clouds in the valleys of the mountains, eventually we were running in the clouds, and then running under the clouds. I know this couldn’t be planned, but it was an amazing experience. Miles 14-20 were fast downhill as promised. The end of the race went through the City of Mentone which isn’t very scenic. The last mile was mostly flat, which was difficult for me after all the downhill momentum. I finished the race with a 21 minute PR!
    I appreciate aid stations every two miles starting at mile 3. Water, powerade, and bathrooms at ideal locations along the route are always appreciated. Volunteers at the aid stations were fantastic! All were so encouraging & supportive.
    The finish line included water, cold towels, bananas, donuts, pizza & beer. I appreciate a local brewery having the opportunity to participate. Family and friends were able to easily find us after the race and enjoyed hanging around for a while.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5
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    runwalksarah FIRST-TIMER '18

    The first thing to know is that although this race is called "Big Bear," at no point does it actually run IN Big Bear. The Full Marathon course starts on … MORE

    The first thing to know is that although this race is called “Big Bear,” at no point does it actually run IN Big Bear. The Full Marathon course starts on State Route 38, approximately 18 miles from Big Bear City limit. The Half Marathon course starts on Valley of the Falls Dr., approximately 33 miles from Big Bear City limit. The Half Marathon quickly joins the Full Marathon course on State Route 38. The course runs down the mountain and finishes in the city of Redlands, which is around 44 miles from Big Bear City limit.

    The expo was at Sylvan Park in Redlands from 10 am – 6:00 pm on Saturday. The race organizers can’t control the weather, but it was unfortunate that it was an outdoor expo on a rainy day. For an additional fee, you could have had your packet mailed to you or picked it up on race morning.

    If you aren’t looking for a “racecation” weekend in Big Bear, on race morning the most practical thing to do is to take the free shuttle from the base of the mountain in San Bernardino up the mountain to the race start. The Full Marathon bus boarding time was between 4:00 – 4:45 am and the Half Marathon bus boarding time was between 4:30 – 5:15 am. All of my friends who took advantage of this option had no difficulty getting to the race start. After the race, there were continuous shuttles transporting runners from the finish line the 8-ish miles back to their vehicles. A few of my friends reported getting lost trying to find their cars because the bus dropped them off in a different location from where it picked them up. This was also a problem at Mt. Hood earlier this year.

    For those wishing to stay in Big Bear, the race offered roundtrip transportation to/from Big Bear High School for $30. This turned out to be impractical and in need of massive improvement. Half Marathoners were told that our bus loading time was between 4:00 – 4:30 am. The Full Marathoners were told that their bus loading time was between 4:30 – 5:00 am. Our confirmation e-mail stressed not to be late. I like to arrive to races very early, therefore I was one of the first people on the 4:00 am bus. The buses then sat, and sat and sat some more. I overheard our driver asking for clarification on where he was supposed to take us. The buses FINALLY left for the race at 4:52 am!!!! As I was on the first bus, we were the lead bus. Our driver had to stop at the Full Marathon start line to ask for further clarification on where the Half Marathon starting line was located. They also double checked to make sure no Full Marathoners accidently got on the Half Marathon bus (probably a good idea). I got off the bus at the Half Marathon start at 6:00 am on the dot. Since the race started in only half an hour, I did not have adequate time to wait in the long portapotty lines and go through my full warm-up/stretching routine. There was limited cell service at the race start, so I didn’t bother trying to find my friends as I was so short on time.

    I was in a bad mood at this point. We weren’t allowed to line up until right before the race was scheduled to start because the road was still considered open at this point. The race started around 10 minutes late. There was no national anthem. We just simply started moving forward. I overheard someone say, “I guess we are starting.”

    The course was mostly as advertised — downhill and fast. It was significantly less scenic than the other Revel races I have run, Canyon City & Mt Hood. The best views were all in the first half of the Full Marathon. The course was rather boring once the Half Marathon joined the party. I was originally registered for the Full, but transferred to the Half due to ongoing foot injures. I believe I would have enjoyed the Full significantly more than I enjoyed the Half.

    The aid stations and volunteers were great. They provided runners with water and Poweraide. Two of the aid stations had Honeystingers, my favorite fuel.

    Upon crossing the finish line, runners were provided with bottles of water, bananas and towels soaked in ice water. As it was a cooler day, mylar blankets would have been much more practical than cold towels. Upon exiting the finisher’s chute, runners could use tear-off vouchers on their bib to receive a slice of Papa John’s pizza (cheese or pepperoni), a donut and Hangar 24 beer (bonus points for it being a local brewery, negative points for it being an IPA). There were a variety of photo backdrops for runners to take finisher photos. The website advertised that massages would be available, but I did not see this.

    I did not spend much time partaking in the finish line festivities as the bus returning to Big Bear High School only ran once an hour. I was prepared for this. I was not prepared for how long it would take to get back to Big Bear High School. As it was about 44 miles, I budgeted that it would take a little more than an hour. I did not factor in that the bus would be taking the race route back up the mountain. It ended up taking us two hours to get back to Big Bear. Several people on the bus missed their hotel check-out time because the bus ride back took longer than they anticipated. As we drew close to Big Bear, the bus driver asked passengers to use their phones to help navigate him back to Big Bear High School. He had absolutely no idea where he was going! He told us that it was dark in the morning and that is why he didn’t remember where to go.

    If I do this race again, I will likely not try to turn it into a weekend racecation in Big Bear. Unfortunately the poorly executed $30 transportation to/from Big Bear really soured the entire race experience for me. To add insult to injury, the lettering on my medal came out slightly warped.

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    1
    PRODUCTION
    2
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    4
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    runwalksarah Oct 24, 2018 at 7:55am

    UPDATE -- I contacted REVEL regarding my complaint about the $30 bus transportation to/from Big Bear High School. They issued me a refund for the transportation. I am hoping this… MORE

    UPDATE -- I contacted REVEL regarding my complaint about the $30 bus transportation to/from Big Bear High School. They issued me a refund for the transportation. I am hoping this is a positive sign that they are committed to improving this service for their 2019 race. LESS

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